I wrote the short version of this article four months ago.

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Like a modern-day prophet, I knew this would be relevant multiple times in Yorion, Sky Nomad Standard lifespan. Perhaps something about the card just lends itself to abuse, like the ability to blink as many non-lands as you have in play. Or that it's a reasonably sized creature with evasion. Or maybe that it's also a companion, lending itself to multiple builds.

After playing the various versions for a few days, I'm going to be running through the various flavors of Yorion, Sky Nomad and what I like and don't like about them. Regardless of which one you choose, Yorion in today's Standard with five legal sets is exceptionally strong.

Selesnya Yorion

Ondrej Strasky took down the ChannelFireball Pro Showdown event with Selesnya Yorion, a deck that fundamentally goes as big as possible as long as your opponent isn't countering what you do or doing something that requires instant-speed interaction. I started streaming the deck Sunday morning and by the middle of the day, I was already worried about the mirror and pseudo-mirrors more than anything else.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Selesnya Yorion by Nick Prince

'Selesnya Yorion' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Nick Prince

Event:

Rank:

Standard

Market Price: $217.23

Cards

Scavenging Ooze

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.07

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{G}: Exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a creature card, put a +1/+1 counter on Scavenging Ooze and you gain 1 life.

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Ugin, the Spirit Dragon

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+2: Ugin, the Spirit Dragon deals 3 damage to any target.
−X: Exile each permanent with converted mana cost X or less that's one or more colors.
−10: You gain 7 life, draw seven cards, then put up to seven permanent cards from your hand onto the battlefield.

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Heliod's Intervention

Color Identity:W

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Choose one —
• Destroy X target artifacts and/or enchantments.
• Target player gains twice X life.

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Yorion, Sky Nomad

Color Identity:U,W

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Companion — Your starting deck contains at least twenty cards more than the minimum deck size. (If this card is your chosen companion, you may put it into your hand from outside the game for {3} any time you could cast a sorcery.)
Flying
When Yorion enters the battlefield, exile any number of other nonland permanents you own and control. Return those cards to the battlefield at the beginning of the next end step.

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Llanowar Visionary

Color Identity:G

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When Llanowar Visionary enters the battlefield, draw a card.
{T}: Add {G}.

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Branchloft Pathway // Boulderloft Pathway

Color Identity:G,W

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Wicked Wolf

Color Identity:G

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When Wicked Wolf enters the battlefield, it fights up to one target creature you don't control.
Sacrifice a Food: Put a +1/+1 counter on Wicked Wolf. It gains indestructible until end of turn. Tap it.

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Omen of the Sun

Color Identity:W

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Flash
When Omen of the Sun enters the battlefield, create two 1/1 white Human Soldier creature tokens and you gain 2 life.
{2}{W}, Sacrifice Omen of the Sun: Scry 2.

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Shatter the Sky

Color Identity:W

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Each player who controls a creature with power 4 or greater draws a card. Then destroy all creatures.

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Shadowspear

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Equipped creature gets +1/+1 and has trample and lifelink.
{1}: Permanents your opponents control lose hexproof and indestructible until end of turn.
Equip {2}

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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.65

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Skyclave Apparition

Color Identity:W

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When Skyclave Apparition enters the battlefield, exile up to one target nonland, nontoken permanent you don't control with converted mana cost 4 or less.
When Skyclave Apparition leaves the battlefield, the exiled card's owner creates an X/X blue Illusion creature token, where X is the converted mana cost of the exiled card.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Gilded Goose

Color Identity:G

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Flying
When Gilded Goose enters the battlefield, create a Food token. (It's an artifact with "{2}, {T}, Sacrifice this artifact: You gain 3 life.")
{1}{G}, {T}: Create a Food token.
{T}, Sacrifice a Food: Add one mana of any color.

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Elspeth Conquers Death

Color Identity:W

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(As this Saga enters and after your draw step, add a lore counter. Sacrifice after III.)
I — Exile target permanent an opponent controls with converted mana cost 3 or greater.
II — Noncreature spells your opponents cast cost {2} more to cast until your next turn.
III — Return target creature or planeswalker card from your graveyard to the battlefield. Put a +1/+1 counter or a loyalty counter on it.

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Vivien, Monsters' Advocate

Color Identity:G

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You may look at the top card of your library any time.
You may cast creature spells from the top of your library.
+1: Create a 3/3 green Beast creature token. Put your choice of a vigilance counter, a reach counter, or a trample counter on it.
−2: When you cast your next creature spell this turn, search your library for a creature card with lesser converted mana cost, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Tangled Florahedron // Tangled Vale

Color Identity:G

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Turntimber Symbiosis // Turntimber, Serpentine Wood

Color Identity:G

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Look at the top seven cards of your library. You may put a creature card from among them onto the battlefield. If that card has converted mana cost 3 or less, it enters with three additional +1/+1 counters on it. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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The Great Henge

Color Identity:G

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This spell costs {X} less to cast, where X is the greatest power among creatures you control.
{T}: Add {G}{G}. You gain 2 life.
Whenever a nontoken creature enters the battlefield under your control, put a +1/+1 counter on it and draw a card.

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Glass Casket

Color Identity:W

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When Glass Casket enters the battlefield, exile target creature an opponent controls with converted mana cost 3 or less until Glass Casket leaves the battlefield.

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Trail of Crumbs

Color Identity:G

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When Trail of Crumbs enters the battlefield, create a Food token. (It's an artifact with "{2}, {T}, Sacrifice this artifact: You gain 3 life.")
Whenever you sacrifice a Food, you may pay {1}. If you do, look at the top two cards of your library. You may reveal a permanent card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

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Emeria's Call // Emeria, Shattered Skyclave

Color Identity:W

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Create two 4/4 white Angel Warrior creature tokens with flying. Non-Angel creatures you control gain indestructible until your next turn.

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Charming Prince

Color Identity:W

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When Charming Prince enters the battlefield, choose one —
• Scry 2.
• You gain 3 life.
• Exile another target creature you own. Return it to the battlefield under your control at the beginning of the next end step.

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Temple of Plenty

Color Identity:G,W

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Temple of Plenty enters the battlefield tapped.
When Temple of Plenty enters the battlefield, scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)
{T}: Add {G} or {W}.

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Chainweb Aracnir

Color Identity:G

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Reach
When Chainweb Aracnir enters the battlefield, it deals damage equal to its power to target creature with flying an opponent controls.
Escape—{3}{G}{G}, Exile four other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its escape cost.)
Chainweb Aracnir escapes with three +1/+1 counters on it.

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By the end of the stream, this is where I had ended. I didn't make many changes from Ondrej's list, but I liked the ones I did. Shadowspear was a suggestion from Ali Liao for combating Dream Trawler. The original list had Run Afoul which isn't the worst, but also isn't a card either of us were actively looking to play. Shadowspear provides some life gain and the ability to outsize opposing copies of Yorion, Sky Nomad, while also solving the Trawler problem.

The Selesnya version of Yorion, when it's working, is by far the silliest. Yorion, Sky Nomad plus The Great Henge works exactly like you'd want, and draws so many cards that not decking yourself frequently becomes a concern. Against the midrange decks like Golgari Adventures, the deck goes so much bigger than anything they can do. Duress and Murderous Rider just can't compare to each of your creatures drawing another card.

The deck's weakness is anything that plays countermagic. While the creature-heavy Azorius versions of Yorion were fairly easy to beat outside of a couple cards like Dream Trawler, Essence Scatter and Neutralize stop Selesnya from ever getting traction.

Trail of Crumbs does a decent job of drawing cards and keeping this deck in the game, but not enough of the permanents actively pressure the opponent. Rather, most of them (Elspeth Conquers Death, Wicked Wolf, Skyclave Apparition) punish the opponent for committing to the board. If your opponent doesn't commit more than Mazemind Tome, Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver or Dream Trawler, your spells feel mediocre and don't justify their mana costs.

Potentially this is fixable with a lot of testing, a few good database searches, or more cards printed in the future. But until the metagame forgets that countermagic exists again, I won't be looking to sleeve up this version of Selesnya (gasp!) anymore.

Jeskai Yorion

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Jeskai Yorion by Adam Hernandez

'Jeskai Yorion' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Adam Hernandez

Event: Week of Wings Entry Event Monday Flight 3

Rank: 4-2

Standard

Market Price: $199.77

Cards

Mazemind Tome

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{T}, Put a page counter on Mazemind Tome: Scry 1.
{2}, {T}, Put a page counter on Mazemind Tome: Draw a card.
When there are four or more page counters on Mazemind Tome, exile it. If you do, you gain 4 life.

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Ox of Agonas

Color Identity:R

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When Ox of Agonas enters the battlefield, discard your hand, then draw three cards.
Escape—{R}{R}, Exile eight other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its escape cost.)
Ox of Agonas escapes with a +1/+1 counter on it.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Omen of the Sea

Color Identity:U

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Flash
When Omen of the Sea enters the battlefield, scry 2, then draw a card.
{2}{U}, Sacrifice Omen of the Sea: Scry 2.

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Elspeth Conquers Death

Color Identity:W

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(As this Saga enters and after your draw step, add a lore counter. Sacrifice after III.)
I — Exile target permanent an opponent controls with converted mana cost 3 or greater.
II — Noncreature spells your opponents cast cost {2} more to cast until your next turn.
III — Return target creature or planeswalker card from your graveyard to the battlefield. Put a +1/+1 counter or a loyalty counter on it.

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Yorion, Sky Nomad

Color Identity:U,W

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Companion — Your starting deck contains at least twenty cards more than the minimum deck size. (If this card is your chosen companion, you may put it into your hand from outside the game for {3} any time you could cast a sorcery.)
Flying
When Yorion enters the battlefield, exile any number of other nonland permanents you own and control. Return those cards to the battlefield at the beginning of the next end step.

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Needleverge Pathway

Color Identity:R,W

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{T}: Add {R}.

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Brazen Borrower // Petty Theft

Color Identity:U

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Raugrin Triome

Color Identity:R,U,W

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({T}: Add {U}, {R}, or {W}.)
Raugrin Triome enters the battlefield tapped.
Cycling {3} ({3}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Riverglide Pathway

Color Identity:R,U

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{T}: Add {U}.

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Glass Casket

Color Identity:W

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When Glass Casket enters the battlefield, exile target creature an opponent controls with converted mana cost 3 or less until Glass Casket leaves the battlefield.

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Fabled Passage

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{T}, Sacrifice Fabled Passage: Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library. Then if you control four or more lands, untap that land.

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Shark Typhoon

Color Identity:U

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Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, create an X/X blue Shark creature token with flying, where X is that spell's converted mana cost.
Cycling {X}{1}{U} ({X}{1}{U}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)
When you cycle Shark Typhoon, create an X/X blue Shark creature token with flying.

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Temple of Enlightenment

Color Identity:U,W

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Temple of Enlightenment enters the battlefield tapped.
When Temple of Enlightenment enters the battlefield, scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)
{T}: Add {W} or {U}.

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Island

Color Identity:U

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Valakut Awakening

Color Identity:R

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Put any number of cards from your hand on the bottom of your library, then draw that many cards plus one.

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Negate

Color Identity:U

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Counter target noncreature spell.

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Mystic Subdual

Color Identity:U

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Flash
Enchant creature
Enchanted creature gets -2/-0 and loses all abilities. (Mutating onto the creature won't give it new abilities. It can gain abilities in other ways.)

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Essence Scatter

Color Identity:U

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Counter target creature spell.

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Mystical Dispute

Color Identity:U

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This spell costs {2} less to cast if it targets a blue spell.
Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

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Omen of the Sun

Color Identity:W

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Flash
When Omen of the Sun enters the battlefield, create two 1/1 white Human Soldier creature tokens and you gain 2 life.
{2}{W}, Sacrifice Omen of the Sun: Scry 2.

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Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast

Color Identity:R

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+1: Exile the top three cards of your library. Creature cards exiled this way gain "You may cast this card from exile as long as you control a Lukka planeswalker."
−2: Exile target creature you control, then reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a creature card with higher converted mana cost. Put that card onto the battlefield and the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.
−7: Each creature you control deals damage equal to its power to each opponent.

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Transmogrify

Color Identity:R

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Exile target creature. That creature's controller reveals cards from the top of their library until they reveal a creature card. That player puts that card onto the battlefield, then shuffles the rest into their library.

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Castle Vantress

Color Identity:U

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Castle Vantress enters the battlefield tapped unless you control an Island.
{T}: Add {U}.
{2}{U}{U}, {T}: Scry 2.

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Castle Ardenvale

Color Identity:W

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Castle Ardenvale enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Plains.
{T}: Add {W}.
{2}{W}{W}, {T}: Create a 1/1 white Human creature token.

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The Birth of Meletis

Color Identity:W

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(As this Saga enters and after your draw step, add a lore counter. Sacrifice after III.)
I — Search your library for a basic Plains card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.
II — Create a 0/4 colorless Wall artifact creature token with defender.
III — You gain 2 life.

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Dream Trawler

Color Identity:U,W

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Flying, lifelink
Whenever you draw a card, Dream Trawler gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
Whenever Dream Trawler attacks, draw a card.
Discard a card: Dream Trawler gains hexproof until end of turn. Tap it.

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This Jean-Emmanuel Deprez creation was fascinating. Looking almost exactly like the Jeskai Lukka deck that caused a flurry of cards to get banned and the companion rule to be changed, Jeskai Yorion tries to turbo out Dream Trawler and let the card carry the deck to victory. There's a smattering of cards that you would expect to see with Yorion, Sky Nomad: Omen of the Sea, Omen of the Sun, Elspeth Conquers Death, and some countermagic. The only major addition is Transmogrify, which lets the deck "go off" earlier. Considering Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast typically only needs to be used once to have its intended effect, this is only upside.

I'll admit that I didn't spend as much time on this list as other versions of the deck, but that may have been a side effect of what I played against Tuesday night: no more Yorion, no more midrange, just Gruul Adventures, Mono-Red, Dimir Control, and Dimir Rogues. The aggro decks ignore most of what's going on and just attack before Jeskai gets set up, and can Bonecrusher Giant or Spikefield Hazard the token so Dream Trawler is a turn-six play. Against the blue-black decks, removal and countermagic mean that Jeskai spins its wheels doing a lot of nothing for a long time, and can eventually just lose to a lack of win conditions. The Rogues deck, on the other hand, can clock Jeskai Yorion while ignoring Omen of the Sun tokens and dodging Elspeth Conquers Death. There's no great way to stop their creatures from attacking a few times and winning.

While the metagame data we have suggests that the Dimir decks are good matchups, the sample size is small enough I question it. That said, the deck did feel great against the more typical metagame we've been seeing that can't effectively answer Dream Trawler, including many of the other Yorion decks people have been playing.

Azorius Yorion

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Azorius Yorion by Marco Dei Lazzaretti

'Azorius Yorion' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Marco Dei Lazzaretti

Event: Week of Wings Entry Event Tuesday Flight 3

Rank: 5-1

Standard

Market Price: $188.37

Cards

Temple of Enlightenment

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $0.66

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Temple of Enlightenment enters the battlefield tapped.
When Temple of Enlightenment enters the battlefield, scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)
{T}: Add {W} or {U}.

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Alirios, Enraptured

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.06

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Alirios, Enraptured enters the battlefield tapped.
Alirios doesn't untap during your untap step if you control a Reflection.
When Alirios enters the battlefield, create a 3/2 blue Reflection creature token.

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Charming Prince

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.62

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When Charming Prince enters the battlefield, choose one —
• Scry 2.
• You gain 3 life.
• Exile another target creature you own. Return it to the battlefield under your control at the beginning of the next end step.

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Omen of the Sun

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.10

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Flash
When Omen of the Sun enters the battlefield, create two 1/1 white Human Soldier creature tokens and you gain 2 life.
{2}{W}, Sacrifice Omen of the Sun: Scry 2.

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Sublime Epiphany

Color Identity:U

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Choose one or more —
• Counter target spell.
• Counter target activated or triggered ability.
• Return target nonland permanent to its owner's hand.
• Create a token that's a copy of target creature you control.
• Target player draws a card.

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Glasspool Mimic

Color Identity:U

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You may have Glasspool Mimic enter the battlefield as a copy of a creature you control, except it's a Shapeshifter Rogue in addition to its other types.

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Essence Scatter

Color Identity:U

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Counter target creature spell.

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Glass Casket

Color Identity:W

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When Glass Casket enters the battlefield, exile target creature an opponent controls with converted mana cost 3 or less until Glass Casket leaves the battlefield.

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Dream Trawler

Color Identity:U,W

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Flying, lifelink
Whenever you draw a card, Dream Trawler gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
Whenever Dream Trawler attacks, draw a card.
Discard a card: Dream Trawler gains hexproof until end of turn. Tap it.

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Negate

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.07

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Counter target noncreature spell.

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Thassa, Deep-Dwelling

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $9.53

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Indestructible
As long as your devotion to blue is less than five, Thassa isn't a creature.
At the beginning of your end step, exile up to one other target creature you control, then return that card to the battlefield under your control.
{3}{U}: Tap another target creature.

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Raugrin Triome

Color Identity:R,U,W

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({T}: Add {U}, {R}, or {W}.)
Raugrin Triome enters the battlefield tapped.
Cycling {3} ({3}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Yorion, Sky Nomad

Color Identity:U,W

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Companion — Your starting deck contains at least twenty cards more than the minimum deck size. (If this card is your chosen companion, you may put it into your hand from outside the game for {3} any time you could cast a sorcery.)
Flying
When Yorion enters the battlefield, exile any number of other nonland permanents you own and control. Return those cards to the battlefield at the beginning of the next end step.

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Emeria's Call

Color Identity:W

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Create two 4/4 white Angel Warrior creature tokens with flying. Non-Angel creatures you control gain indestructible until your next turn.

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Omen of the Sea

Color Identity:U

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Flash
When Omen of the Sea enters the battlefield, scry 2, then draw a card.
{2}{U}, Sacrifice Omen of the Sea: Scry 2.

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Solemn Simulacrum

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When Solemn Simulacrum enters the battlefield, you may search your library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library.
When Solemn Simulacrum dies, you may draw a card.

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Mystical Dispute

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.84

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This spell costs {2} less to cast if it targets a blue spell.
Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

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Shatter the Sky

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.05

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Each player who controls a creature with power 4 or greater draws a card. Then destroy all creatures.

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Shark Typhoon

Color Identity:U

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Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, create an X/X blue Shark creature token with flying, where X is that spell's converted mana cost.
Cycling {X}{1}{U} ({X}{1}{U}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)
When you cycle Shark Typhoon, create an X/X blue Shark creature token with flying.

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Giant Killer // Chop Down

Color Identity:W

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Tranquil Cove

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $0.06

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Tranquil Cove enters the battlefield tapped.
When Tranquil Cove enters the battlefield, you gain 1 life.
{T}: Add {W} or {U}.

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.21

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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The Birth of Meletis

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.48

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(As this Saga enters and after your draw step, add a lore counter. Sacrifice after III.)
I — Search your library for a basic Plains card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.
II — Create a 0/4 colorless Wall artifact creature token with defender.
III — You gain 2 life.

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Elspeth Conquers Death

Color Identity:W

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(As this Saga enters and after your draw step, add a lore counter. Sacrifice after III.)
I — Exile target permanent an opponent controls with converted mana cost 3 or greater.
II — Noncreature spells your opponents cast cost {2} more to cast until your next turn.
III — Return target creature or planeswalker card from your graveyard to the battlefield. Put a +1/+1 counter or a loyalty counter on it.

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Mazemind Tome

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{T}, Put a page counter on Mazemind Tome: Scry 1.
{2}, {T}, Put a page counter on Mazemind Tome: Draw a card.
When there are four or more page counters on Mazemind Tome, exile it. If you do, you gain 4 life.

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Skyclave Apparition

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $7.86

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When Skyclave Apparition enters the battlefield, exile up to one target nonland, nontoken permanent you don't control with converted mana cost 4 or less.
When Skyclave Apparition leaves the battlefield, the exiled card's owner creates an X/X blue Illusion creature token, where X is the converted mana cost of the exiled card.

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Castle Vantress

Color Identity:U

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Castle Vantress enters the battlefield tapped unless you control an Island.
{T}: Add {U}.
{2}{U}{U}, {T}: Scry 2.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.18

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Azorius was the natural next place for me to go in playing. If the format is going to be about the Yorion, Sky Nomad engines and countermagic, combining the two in a single package will play well into the other decks.

The good news was this deck performed very well against Selesnya Yorion. The games naturally go long, and when they do, Sublime Epiphany felt back-breaking. Not only does it represent absurd value, it can play a similar role as Whirlwind Denial occasionally does in the format. When they cast Yorion, Sky Nomad, let them blink their battlefield. When the trigger goes back on the stack, counter the return trigger, effectively exiling every permanent they blinked forever. In a matchup where both players are attempting to go bigger than the other, completely shutting down their engine while advancing yours was routinely Game Over.

The biggest problem I had with the deck was the mana. Eighty cards, 10 Plains and eight Islands too often meant that I was drawing too many of the one basic with double-color spells of the opposite. There's only so many times you can stare at a Dream Trawler, Sublime Epiphany, and one Island in play because your The Birth of Meletis only gets Plains before you're off a deck.

This, however, is the sort of scenario that typically only happens in five-set Standard. When the deck works, it's plenty strong on its own, and the printing of the blue-white Pathway will help solve some of this problem. If you want to play Azorius, though, and are okay registering Tranquil Cove, the deck is more than playable.

Orzhov Yorion

And finally, my recommendation: play Orzhov. We've seen variations of this deck for months at this point, but I hadn't seen people playing only white-black so far.

Full admission: I went through about every other flavor of white-black-something Yorion before I arrived at playing just Orzhov. Esper was okay, but Esper mana is somehow worse than Azorius. The wedges have better mana for the most part, and Mardu or Abzan might work better. I had also seen a Ruinous Ultimatum deck on Monday that was fascinating, and thought that it would be a clever mirror breaker in a Rakdos Yorion deck. The red cards didn't add much otherwise, though, and I'm not aiming to play Omen of the Forge when Bonecrusher Giant exists. There might be something there, but without as powerful of an endgame I wasn't willing to put up with the three-color manabase.

Abzan originally was similar to the Selesnya decks, but more and more I ran into the same problems as Selesnya with worse mana. Doom Foretold is a better "get" off of Trail of Crumbs, but you're still looking to win with easily swept away 2/2 creatures. Eventually I pared it down to just splashing the "kicked" mode of Mythos of Nethroi off of Branchloft Pathway and Indatha Triome, and it just wasn't worth it anymore.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Orzhov Yorion by Nick Prince

'Orzhov Yorion' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Nick Prince

Event:

Rank:

Standard

Market Price: $137.34

Cards

Yorion, Sky Nomad

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $1.30

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Companion — Your starting deck contains at least twenty cards more than the minimum deck size. (If this card is your chosen companion, you may put it into your hand from outside the game for {3} any time you could cast a sorcery.)
Flying
When Yorion enters the battlefield, exile any number of other nonland permanents you own and control. Return those cards to the battlefield at the beginning of the next end step.

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Brightclimb Pathway

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $2.59

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{T}: Add {W}.

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Skyclave Cleric

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.10

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When Skyclave Cleric enters the battlefield, you gain 2 life.

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Charming Prince

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.62

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When Charming Prince enters the battlefield, choose one —
• Scry 2.
• You gain 3 life.
• Exile another target creature you own. Return it to the battlefield under your control at the beginning of the next end step.

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Soul-Guide Lantern

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When Soul-Guide Lantern enters the battlefield, exile target card from a graveyard.
{T}, Sacrifice Soul-Guide Lantern: Exile each opponent's graveyard.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Soul-Guide Lantern: Draw a card.

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Temple of Silence

Color Identity:B,W

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Temple of Silence enters the battlefield tapped.
When Temple of Silence enters the battlefield, scry 1.
{T}: Add {W} or {B}.

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Golden Egg

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When Golden Egg enters the battlefield, draw a card.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Golden Egg: Add one mana of any color.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Golden Egg: You gain 3 life.

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Elspeth Conquers Death

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.77

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(As this Saga enters and after your draw step, add a lore counter. Sacrifice after III.)
I — Exile target permanent an opponent controls with converted mana cost 3 or greater.
II — Noncreature spells your opponents cast cost {2} more to cast until your next turn.
III — Return target creature or planeswalker card from your graveyard to the battlefield. Put a +1/+1 counter or a loyalty counter on it.

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Heartless Act

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.26

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Choose one —
• Destroy target creature with no counters on it.
• Remove up to three counters from target creature.

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Liliana, Waker of the Dead

Color Identity:B

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+1: Each player discards a card. Each opponent who can't loses 3 life.
−3: Target creature gets -X/-X until end of turn, where X is the number of cards in your graveyard.
−7: You get an emblem with "At the beginning of combat on your turn, put target creature card from a graveyard onto the battlefield under your control. It gains haste."

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Skyclave Apparition

Color Identity:W

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When Skyclave Apparition enters the battlefield, exile up to one target nonland, nontoken permanent you don't control with converted mana cost 4 or less.
When Skyclave Apparition leaves the battlefield, the exiled card's owner creates an X/X blue Illusion creature token, where X is the converted mana cost of the exiled card.

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Spare Supplies

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Spare Supplies enters the battlefield tapped.
When Spare Supplies enters the battlefield, draw a card.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Spare Supplies: Draw a card.

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Treacherous Blessing

Color Identity:B

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When Treacherous Blessing enters the battlefield, draw three cards.
Whenever you cast a spell, you lose 1 life.
When Treacherous Blessing becomes the target of a spell or ability, sacrifice it.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.18

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Fabled Passage

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{T}, Sacrifice Fabled Passage: Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library. Then if you control four or more lands, untap that land.

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Ugin, the Spirit Dragon

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+2: Ugin, the Spirit Dragon deals 3 damage to any target.
−X: Exile each permanent with converted mana cost X or less that's one or more colors.
−10: You gain 7 life, draw seven cards, then put up to seven permanent cards from your hand onto the battlefield.

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Acquisitions Expert

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.06

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When Acquisitions Expert enters the battlefield, target opponent reveals a number of cards from their hand equal to the number of creatures in your party. You choose one of those cards. That player discards that card. (Your party consists of up to one each of Cleric, Rogue, Warrior, and Wizard.)

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Emeria's Call

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $4.36

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Create two 4/4 white Angel Warrior creature tokens with flying. Non-Angel creatures you control gain indestructible until your next turn.

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Glass Casket

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.14

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When Glass Casket enters the battlefield, exile target creature an opponent controls with converted mana cost 3 or less until Glass Casket leaves the battlefield.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.12

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Castle Ardenvale

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.20

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Castle Ardenvale enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Plains.
{T}: Add {W}.
{2}{W}{W}, {T}: Create a 1/1 white Human creature token.

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Shatter the Sky

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.05

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Each player who controls a creature with power 4 or greater draws a card. Then destroy all creatures.

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Heliod's Intervention

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.47

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Choose one —
• Destroy X target artifacts and/or enchantments.
• Target player gains twice X life.

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Duress

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.04

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Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose a noncreature, nonland card from it. That player discards that card.

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Baneslayer Angel

Color Identity:W

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Flying, first strike, lifelink, protection from Demons and from Dragons

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Castle Locthwain

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Castle Locthwain enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Swamp.
{T}: Add {B}.
{1}{B}{B}, {T}: Draw a card, then you lose life equal to the number of cards in your hand.

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Agonizing Remorse

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Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it or a card from their graveyard. Exile that card. You lose 1 life.

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Hagra Mauling

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This spell costs {1} less to cast if an opponent controls no basic lands.
Destroy target creature.

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Doom Foretold

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At the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player sacrifices a nonland, nontoken permanent. If that player can't, they discard a card, they lose 2 life, you draw a card, you gain 2 life, you create a 2/2 white Knight creature token with vigilance, then you sacrifice Doom Foretold.

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The big reason I had wanted to add black was to build in discard elements to the deck. Against Dimir, I wanted to be able to grind them out of the game. Rather than set up engines that draw more and more cards without winning, cutting them off of resources while still drawing some cards felt more useful. The combination of Skyclave Apparition, Elspeth Conquers Death, and Doom Foretold means that there isn't much need for other kinds of removal as these will handle most things on their own.

This led me to a different question: Do I need 80 cards? Honestly… I don't think so. With just two colors, I was stretching to hit 80, and adding cards that were more situational like Glass Casket, spot removal or Soul-Guide Lantern into the main. The cards I actually wanted, on the other hand, added up to about 32 cards, and a single Spare Supplies later and I had a deck that looked good, without requiring the deck to be chonky.

Companion as a free card draw is strong, but I haven't felt the need for it. It's hard to quantify how often being the slimmer version leads to better games, but basic math would suggest that it happens some amount of the time, and I think that's more than the amount I want to pay three mana to draw a Yorion, Sky Nomad. That said, I wouldn't fault anyone for adding eight lands, three spell lands and 10 spells to fit in a companion Yorion.

Like with most Doom Foretold decks, the ability to think through multiple turns is very important. Generally you will know what you're doing for the next few turns, and deciding how to sequence them and which creatures to make sure get removed is important for utilizing Doom Foretold to its full potential. While it's not always complicated, it's definitely the sort of deck I would get practice with before playing in a tournament.

Sideboard Guide

Vs. Dimir Rogues

+2 Baneslayer Angel
+2 Duress
+2 Agonizing Remorse
+2 Heartless Act

-4 Elspeth Conquers Death
-2 Yorion, Sky Nomad
-1 Spare Supplies
-1 Acquisitions Expert

Let's start with the worst matchup: Dimir Rogues. This matchup is hard, though not unwinnable. The problem is Into the Story. If you were to just flip the decks into each other without their draw-four, you'd be likely to win with discard and creatures that exile theirs. The problem is that every so often they surge ahead by four cards. Because of that, you're the "aggro" with a deck that doesn't win quickly at all.

That said, you can do it. Sometimes you strip Into the Story early and they die. It's often best to hold onto discard until they're close to eight cards in the 'yard and then try to snipe it. If you can, you just need to make sure you don't get milled and hope they don't draw a second one too quickly.

Vs. Rakdos Midrange

+2 Soul-Guide Lantern
+2 Baneslayer Angel
+2 Agonizing Remorse
+2 Heartless Act

-2 Elspeth Conquers Death
-1 Spare Supplies
-4 Acquisitions Expert
-1 Charming Prince

Rakdos Midrange is a very swingy matchup. Whoever gains traction earlier tends to get ahead and stay ahead. Skyclave Apparition handles all the important threats from them: Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger, Bonecrusher Giant, Rankle, Master of Pranks, etc. The problem is actually having the resources to cross the finish line, and that's where things can end up tricky.

Post-board, bring in removal for the random creatures so that Skyclave Apparition can focus on ending Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger and Rankle, Master of Pranks. Soul-Guide Lantern stops large swaths of their death, and Baneslayer Angel can end the game quickly and buffer your life total in the meantime.

Vs. Gruul/Mono-Green

+2 Baneslayer Angel
+2 Shatter the Sky
+2 Heartless Act

-1 Spare Supplies
-4 Acquisitions Expert
-1 Yorion, Sky Nomad

This is pretty straightforward. You control the board, you win eventually with Baneslayer Angel. I don't always love Baneslayer, and then Yorion, Sky Nomad/Spare Supplies can stay in, but if they have Questing Beast then Baneslayer does amazing work as a blocker.

Remember that Stonecoil Serpent has a converted mana cost of 0 when it's in play, so exiling it with Skyclave Apparition is actually free.

Vs. Mono-Red

+2 Baneslayer Angel
+2 Heartless Act

-1 Elspeth Conquers Death
-1 Yorion, Sky Nomad
-2 Acquisitions Expert

This matchup is essentially the same as above—in fact, you can board the same way as against Gruul/Mono-Green if you'd like. I've preferred the 1/2 body on Acquisitions Expert here because their creatures are smaller, and taking a card away from Mono-Red tends to be useful because they need more cards to come together to win.

Vs. Golgari Adventures

+2 Heartless Act
+2 Shatter the Sky

-4 Acquisitions Expert

Here I actually don't love Baneslayer Angel, because they have more removal and want to play a longer game. I would prefer to play a more midrange game against them and count on most of my cards to two-for-one my opponent, with the exception of Heartless Act. Act comes in just to stunt their aggression and to have more answers to Edgewall Innkeeper early.

Vs. Dimir Control

+2 Duress
+2 Agonizing Remorse
+1 Liliana, Waker of the Dead

-4 Skyclave Apparition
-1 Spare Supplies

Dimir isn't terribly fascinating. The goal is to strip them of resources, use your knowledge of their hand to play around them, and grind them into the dirt. With repeatable discard from Acquisitions Expert and the multiple single-card discard elsewhere, the deck can win with whatever it wants. If you have the option to remove Mazemind Tome early, do it.

Glass Casket stays in to have a card to blink that can remove Shark and Ashiok tokens, which is their only way to close out the game.

Vs. Yorion (The Mirror)

+1 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
+1 Heliod's Intervention

-1 Spare Supplies
-1 Glass Casket

The deck was built with the mirror at the front of my mind, so there isn't much sideboarding needed. Ugin, the Spirit Dragon and Heliod's Intervention are meant to help clear up the blink targets. Similar to the Dimir matchup, one Glass Casket stays in to blink tokens repeatedly. The goal is, generally, to limit their number of blinkable targets for Yorion, Sky Nomad while advancing yours. If your Yorion triggers are better than theirs, you'll win.

As always, sideboarding is dynamic. Make sure not to be beholden to this list, and instead use it as a guide. While I put what I generally do here, I deviate from this constantly either because of how or what my opponent plays, or to test different strategies. Even if this is my deck, I don't consider my knowledge of it or of Standard perfect, and they're both continuing to change rapidly as the format evolves.

Ultimately, though, that's the beautiful thing about this Standard: everything is in flux, and there isn't a de facto best deck. With any luck, we'll manage to keep it that way for a few more months.